29 Oct
Egypt Sentences 23 Pro-Democracy Activists to Three Years in Prison

 Photo Credit: Systemic Capital An Egyptian court sentenced 23 pro-democracy activists who were arrested this summer for participating in unauthorized demonstrations to three years in prison. The activists' defense lawyer Ahmed Ezat called the verdict "legally flawed." Before ...

29 Oct
Bahrain: Opposition Group Al-Wefaq Banned by Court

Photo Credit: BBC News A court in Bahrain banned leading Shia opposition group Al-Wefaq, a month before the parliamentary elections are due. The group's defence lawyer, Abdullah al-Shamlawi told the Associated Press that al-Wefaq's activities would be frozen ...

28 Oct
POMED Notes: “The Escalating Shi’a-Sunni Conflict: Assessing the Role of State Actors”

The Stimson Center's Middle East Program hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the Stimson Center office in Washington on the role of state actors in creating, perpetuating, and exacerbating underlying causes of sectarianism between Shi'a and Sunni populations in the Middle East and North Africa. Geneive Abdo, a Fellow at the Stimson Center's Middle East Program, moderated the panel discussion. She was joined ...

28 Oct
Egyptian Government Expands Powers of Armed Forces; CIHRS Releases Report on Freedom of Association

 Photo credit: AFP - Getty Images On Monday, Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi expanded the powers of the country’s armed forces to enable the prosecution of civilians in military courts. Egypt’s constitution already grants the army the ability ...

28 Oct
Ennahda Party Leader Congratulates Nidaa Tounes on Parliamentary Victory

 Photo Credit: Reuters The leader of Tunisia's Ennahda party, Rachid Ghannouchi called Nidaa Tounes leader, Beji Caid Essebsi, yesterday to congratulate him on his party's victory in Tunisia's national parliamentary elections on Sunday. Official and unofficial counts indicate that Nidaa ...

28 Oct
Algerian Police Continue Strike, Sparking Concerns Over Future Unrest

 Photo credit: Fox News Over the past few days, hundreds of Algerian police officers have been staging a sit-in on the presidential palace grounds, demanding higher pay and better benefits. The police demonstrations began on October 13 in ...

27 Oct
Fighting Continues in Libya Between Army and Islamists; Analysts Claim Proxy War

 Photo credit: Gulf News Heavy fighting flared on Sunday between Libya's army and al-Ansar Sharia as the ultra-conservative militia group tried to retake one of their largest camps in the eastern city of Benghazi. Last week the renegade ...

27 Oct
Saudi Lawyers Sentenced to Prison for Critical Tweets

 Photo Credit: Shutterstock Three Saudi lawyers, previously punished with steep fines and media bans, have now been sentenced to up to eight years in Prison for criticizing the Ministry of Justice on Twitter. Last Novemeber, the lawyers, Abdulrahman al-Rumaih, Abdulrahman ...

27 Oct
Tunisians Vote for New Parliament for First Time Since 2011 Revolution

 Photo Credit: AP Tunisians took to the polls Sunday to vote in the country's first full legislative elections since the revolution in 2011. Voter turnout was high at about 61.8%. Parliamentary tallies showed Nidaa Tounes, Tunisia's leading secular ...

27 Oct
State Dept Condemns Execution of Iranian Woman Convicted of Murder

 Photo credit: The Independent On Saturday, Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran after being convicted of murder for killing a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security whom she claimed had sexually assaulted her. Iranian president ...

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